Josh Edgin is hard to pin down.
The Mets lefty brings a wrestler’s mentality to the mound, which can be good and bad.
A high school wrestling champion in Pennsylvania, Edgin said he learned his aggressive mind-set on the mats.
“You either were the guy who got pinned or you pinned the other guy,” Edgin, 26, said. “That is part of who I am, and it is a good thing, if I can control it.”
The Mets like Edgin’s bulldog mentality on the mound and they like that he wants to go after hitters; they just want him to learn to manage his mind-set.
That is one of the things Edgin is working on this spring, learning to get hitters out not just by trying to strike them out.
“I don’t want to take any aggressiveness away, but I want him to put it in the right direction,” pitching coach Dan Warthen said. “I explained to him fire is a valuable servant but a dangerous master. He has to understand that.”
Edgin, 26, is currently the Mets’ top lefthanded option out of the bullpen. With veteran lefty Tim Byrdak recovering from shoulder surgery and veteran camp invitee Pedro Feliciano shut down this week while team doctors monitor a heart condition, Edgin’s development into a mature pitcher this spring is crucial.
While the Mets are taking a look at Darin Gorski, Robert Carson, Scott Rice and Aaron Laffey to fill the spot of a second lefthanded reliever out of the pen, Edgin, however, is going to be the southpaw they rely on the most when they break camp.
Last season, Edgin pitched 25.2 innings over 34 games to a 4.56 ERA. A power pitcher, whose fastball is consistently between 91-93 mph, Edgin had a 10.5 strikeout ratio per nine innings.
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NY Mets reliever Josh Edgin brings mentality from days as high school wrestling champion to mound with him
New York Daily News | Feb 27